Source: The Houston Chronicle
On October 19, 2002 The Houston Chronicle reported that "for Hindus, Navarathri falls in an annual festive season - the lunar month that straddles October and November and brings family and friends out in a flurry of celebrations. Observances of Navarathri - which began Oct. 6 and ended Tuesday - vary depending on Hindu tradition. But for most, Navarathri is a festive prelude of food, song, dance and prayer leading to Diwali, the Indian festival of lights Nov. 4."